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Research Project

Black Wall Street Journey

2020 – 2021

Project Summary

This project drew on methods from the visual arts, social science survey research, and community engagement practice to study the economic and social health of several neighborhoods on Chicago’s South Side.

Research Team

Kathleen Cagney

Kathleen Cagney

Professor of Sociology, Director of the U-M Institute for Social Research

University of Michigan

Kathleen Cagney was named the Director of the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research in 2021. Professor Cagney's work examines social inequality and its relationship to health with a focus on neighborhood, race, aging, and the life course. She has developed a series of papers on...

Charlie Catlett

Charlie Catlett

Founding Director, Urban Center for Computation and Data; Former Senior Fellow, Mansueto Institute for Urban Innovation

Urban Center for Computation and Data

Charlie Catlett is the founding director of the Urban Center for Computation and Data, UrbanCCD, which brings social, physical, and computational scientists together with artists, architects, technologists, and policy makers to explore science-based approaches to opportunities and challenges...

Rick Lowe

Rick Lowe

Visual Artist, Professor of Art

University of Houston

Rick Lowe (Professor of Art, University of Houston) is an artist whose approach to community revitalization is path-breaking: Lowe has initiated arts-driven redevelopment projects in Houston – the renowned Project Row Houses – and other cities, including the Watts House Project in Los Angeles...

Nicholas Marchio

Nicholas Marchio

Research Data Scientist, Mansueto Institute for Urban Innovation

Mansueto Institute for Urban Innovation

Nico is a Research Data Scientist with the Mansueto Institute. He holds a multi-disciplinary background in data science and urban research with a strong interest in harnessing advances in data and machine learning, which he is now applying to gain deeper insights into the science behind cities....

Robert Vargas

Robert Vargas

Associate Professor of Sociology; Deputy Dean of the Social Sciences

University of Chicago

Professor Vargas is a social scientist interested in research on cities, law, and race. His writing and teaching focus on identifying the political-economic forces shaping neighborhood conditions and city responses to social problems. His multi award-winning book "Wounded City: Violent Turf Wars...

Abigail Winograd

Abigail Winograd

MacArthur Fellows Program 40th Anniversary Exhibition Curator

Smart Museum of Art

Abigail Winograd is the MacArthur Fellows Program 40th Anniversary Exhibition Curator at the Smart Museum of Art at the University of Chicago. Her scholarly research has focused on the emergence of aberrant abstractions in post-war South America as well as museological approaches to expanding...

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